Fishermen stop NGT inspection team

The inspection ordered by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) of the Marina Loop Road project by an advocate-commissioner was halted on Saturday, after local fishermen mobbed him and the team demanding that the road expansion should be scrapped.

Last week, the NGT, hearing a petition challenging the whole project, ordered for an advocate-commissioner’s inspection to determine if the road was being expanded on the seaward side. The petition had contended that the project was in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone Rules. When the team headed by lawyer K.R. Harin began the inspection on Friday, about 50 residents of Nochikuppam insisted that he record their objection.

The team explained that this was not its work and that it was there to only measure the road and check for encroachments.The NGT will hear the case  on Monday.

Team set up wit advocate-commissioner was meant to see if the road expansion on the stretch violated CRZ rules

The Hindu, 29th March 2015

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